Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation

This Ministry is in charge of advising and collaborating with the President of the Republic in the design, formulation, coordination, implementation and evaluation of policies, plans and programs aimed at promoting and strengthening science, technology and innovation derived from scientific research-technological research.

Andrés Couve

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Data Observatory.
Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation Minister

Biologist from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and Doctor in Cell Biology from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. After obtaining a postdoctoral degree in Neuroscience from University College London (UCL), he returned to Chile in 2005, to join the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Chile as Full Professor. His research in neuroscience has been published in more than 40 international journals.

In 2011, he led the creation of the Millennium Institute of Biomedical Neuroscience (BNI) of which he was director. BNI explores brain structure and function using biology, mathematics, engineering, and the clinic. The Institute is recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of its scientific research, and for its innovation programs and scientific education.

Andrés Couve was president of the Society of Cellular Biology of Chile and has actively participated in instances that promote scientific policies. In addition, he has been a member of the board of the Puerto de Ideas Foundation, of the Sofofa Innovation working group, and has put the objective of bringing science and its values ​​to society at the center of scientific work.

Andrés Couve is married to Andrea Brunson and they are the parents of three children.

Demián Arancibia

Alternate director
Future Team Leader, Ministry of Science.

Master in Systems Engineering from Cornell University (2014), engineer from Universidad de Chile (2008), team leader of “Future” advisors from the cabinet of the Ministry of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation. He was previously director of the CORFO astroinformatics program (2016-2018) that originated the Data Observatory, Project Manager and Lead Systems Engineer of the United States National Radio Astronomy Observatory (2014-2016) and Project Controller during the construction of the ALMA Observatory in the northern Chile (2010-2013).

Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism Ministry

Lucas Palacios

Economy, Development and Tourism Minister

Commercial engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, with a master’s degree in Latin American Studies in International Economics from the University of Salamanca, Spain. Married with 4 children. He studied his basic and middle education at the Colegio de los Sagrados Corazones in Manquehue.

He has extensive experience in the areas of strategic planning and management, conflict negotiation and administration, economic / financial analysis, and development and implementation of public policies. Oriented to the achievement of results through the leadership and motivation of work teams. Creative, global thinking and with a comprehensive vision of management.

Experience in the public sector as Undersecretary of Public Works, Advisor to the Budget Directorate of the Ministry of Finance and Councilor of the Puente Alto Commune. Poet and musician for trade, happiness and personal development.

Julio Pertuzé

Alternate director
Advisor to the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism

Julio Pertuzé is a civil engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, MSc. in Technology and Policy and PhD in Engineering Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Currently, he works as an advisor to the Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism and is a professor at the UC School of Engineering.

Guadalupe Orrego

Alternate director
Head of the Legal Division, Ministry of Economy.

Qualified lawyer with significant knowledge of corporate, commercial and financial law through positions in the public and private sectors. Five years of work experience in one of the main law firms in Chile, followed by three years in the main coordinating government agency, which manages commercial and financial invoices. For the past three years, he worked as a senior legal advisor at E-CL S.A., one of the largest electric utility companies in Chile.

This Ministry’s mission is to promote the modernization and competitiveness with the productive structure, private initiative, efficient market action, the development of innovation, the consolidation of the international insertion of the economy of our country, the strengthening of small and medium-sized companies and the promotion of entrepreneurship.

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been the most comprehensive and widely adopted cloud platform in the world for 14 years. Millions of customers, including the fastest growing startups, largest companies, and top government agencies, have trusted AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and reduce costs.

AWS offers more than 175 full-featured services for computing, storage, databases, networking, analytics, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of things (IoT), mobile technology, security, hybrids, virtual and augmented reality and augmented (VR and AR), media, application development, deployment and management from 76 Availability Zones (AZ) in 24 geographic regions, with plans announced for 9 more Availability Zones and 3 more AWS Regions in Indonesia, Japan and Spain.

Marek Bute

Strategic Engagements Business Development | AWS, Worldwide Public Sector
LCC – Latin America, Canada & Caribbean

As a former Corporate Legal Advisor for Amazon Web Services, Marek Bute now supports global Public Sector sales and marketing initiatives in Latin America, Canada and the Caribbean for government, educational and non-profit organizations in a Business Development role, focusing on strategic commitments.

Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Bute’s role includes overseeing the pursuit of complex, non-traditional strategic commitments for cloud services with federal, state / provincial and local government entities, non-profit organizations and educational institutions in the Latin America, Canada & Caribbean (LCC) region. With his experience, he helps clients overcome the challenges of contracting and acquisitions, as well as issues related to data protection and access to information. It also collaborates with the global expansion team for due diligence and localization efforts, and supports the public policy team in efforts to enable expansion of the public sector in the territory.

Before joining AWS, Bute was a partner at Snell & Wilmer LLP, concentrating his practice areas on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on contractual disputes and claims related to construction, public works, entertainment and hospitality. During his time at Snell & Wilmer, Bute’s portfolio included representing performance rights organizations, hotels, casinos, commercial and residential owners, developers, general contractors, financial institutions and insurance companies in multi-million dollar litigation.

In addition, Bute volunteered his time to support Lambda Legal as a local probate attorney for Plaintiffs’ couples in the Nevada marriage equality case, Sevcik v. Sandoval, and served as President of the Nevada AIDS Aid Board of Trustees (AFAN), the state’s largest nonprofit organization that supports those affected by HIV / AIDS.

Born in Poland and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Bute graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and a Spanish in conjunction with an international program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Madrid. After an internship in Bolivia, he returned to the US and completed his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island.

Carmina Hernández

Alternate director
Senior Associate at Carey

As a lawyer for the Carey law firm, Carmina concentrates her work in the corporate and international trade areas. From the corporate perspective, its emphasis is on merger and acquisition processes, project development and financing, general business and corporate consulting, and public procurement. Regarding the international trade area, her practice focuses on commercial and customs advice to Carey’s exporting and importing clients.

Based in Santiago, Chile, Carmina’s role includes coordinating work teams and having direct contact with the clients she works with. In addition, for having a Master in Business Administration, Carmina focuses on understanding the needs of her clients from a business perspective, complementing her legal work. The portfolio of Carey’s clients that Carmina manages is diverse, with private law foundations, national and foreign distributors, foreign companies with and without subsidiaries in Chile, the Government of Chile, real estate and construction companies, among others.

Before joining Carey, Carmina worked as an associate at another law firm in the country. Prior to that, she worked in the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Chile and in the Ministry General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Government of Chile, in both positions as legislative adviser to the ministerial cabinet, from where she had the opportunity to learn more about the apparatus Chilean public.

Carmina obtained her bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Chile, magna cum laude, to later obtain her law degree from the Supreme Court of Chile. She then obtained her Master in Business Administration degree from ESE Business School, Chile.

Ronald F. Ross

Alternate director
Strategic Agreements Advisor with the Public Sector at Amazon Web Services

Professional graduated from the University of Alberta as a specialist in Computer and Business Processing and later from the Harvard Business School as a specialist in Innovation Process Management; Ross has almost 30 years of career in the telecommunications industry. Since 2016, he is General Manager of Business Development of non-profit organizations in Ottawa; since 2017 he is Canadian Leader of the Public Entrepreneurship Sector, and since 2019 he is Advisor of Strategic Agreements with the Public Sector in AWS.

Adolfo Ibáñez University

Soledad Arellano


Ph.D in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Commercial Engineer, Economics mention from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

She has served as Academic Vice-Rector of the Adolfo Ibáñez University since May 2014. Throughout her career, she has served as Professor of the Center for Applied Economics of the Department of Industrial Engineering (DII) of the University of Chile and of the School of Government of the Adolfo Ibáñez University.

Between 2006 and March 2010, she served as Substitute Economist Minister of the Court of Defense of Free Competition. Between March 2010 and March 2014, she served as Undersecretary of Planning and later as Undersecretary of Social Evaluation, participating in the preparation and processing of various bills, such as the one created by the Ministry of Social Development and Family Ethical Income, among others.

Carlos Jerez



ETH Zurich Postdoctoral Fellow, Switzerland; Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, Ecole Polytechnique, France; M.Sc. and industrial civil engineer, mention Electrical Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

He currently works as Dean of the UAI Faculty of Engineering and Sciences, previously he was visiting professor at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and was the first director of the Institute of Mathematical and Computational Engineering of PUC Chile, where he was a professor for 8 years. Carlos is an expert in the mathematical analysis and development of new high-performance computational algorithms, as well as in its different applications in energy conversion systems, astronomy or biomedicine. He has been invited numerous times as a professor and presenter at the main conferences and universities in Europe and the United States linked to his area.

The Adolfo Ibáñez University (UAI) is an institution for higher education with a high level of national and international prestige. Since 2019, UAI is one of the four founding members of Data Observatory, an initiative that its promoted through the Faculty of Engineering and Sciences with the aim of leading training and research in data science in applications that include both technological sector as well as public policy. This approach is also incorporated into the training programs for students in a transversal manner and allows contributing to the development of specialized human capital to face the new challenges of a complex and uncertain world.

The participation of UAI in the DO is a key axis, since the future of science, technology and the way in which new scenarios such as the climate crisis or sanitary crisis are addressed globally, will depend on the capacity that we develop to process and store large amounts of data, as well as to make decisions with them. DO will involve growth at the academic, student, multidisciplinary research and technology transfer levels at UAI.

Independent directors

Guillermo Carey

Lawyer from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Lawyer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Partner at Carey and one of the members in charge of the Intellectual Property, Information Technology Group and the Venture Capital and Private Equity area. He also leads the Life Sciences group. He has a recognized track record in the area of ​​intellectual property, data protection, information technologies and electronic commerce, he is also director of Global Data Observatory, former President of the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and director since the year 2014, position from which he was responsible for the Innovation and Intellectual Property Committee, leading – together with the members of the committee – the follow-up of the reform to the Law on Protection of Personal Data, the promotion of innovation and development, the Tu program Vale creation and other initiatives related to innovation and technology transfer. He was also Legal Counsel to Crystal Lagoons, where he had to participate in the global expansion of the company; particularly to start its operations in the United States between 2011 and 2012. He has advised Chilean companies with high impact in technology transfer and internationalization. Added to this is having been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property and Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Law by Chambers Latin America and also as Best Individual Lawyer in Intellectual Property by Client Choice Guide, among other distinctions. He is the author of various local and foreign publications, as well as being a member of the Endeavor Board, director of Global Data Observatory and director of Fundación Pro Innovación.

Sandra Gatica

Alternate director
Industrial civil engineer and Bachelor in natural and exact sciences from the University of Chile.

Responsible for leading the digital transformation in public health in Chile, developing computer systems and implementation strategies to support online health management throughout the country.

Her professional career of more than 15 years in information technology, has mainly been developing companies from SMEs to Large, starting in first-line management, becoming the general manager of Rayen Salud, responsible for more than 150 multisectoral people, being pioneers creating ecosystems of health innovation. Certified in agility methodologies, certified as a startup and women’s mentor. Active partner of REDM.